Las Vegas: Bruce Brown

LAS VEGAS — Pardon the alliteration, but a big-time matchup brought out the best in Bruce Brown on Friday afternoon. The aggressive, explosive guard performed brilliantly against stud 2017 wing Hamadou Diallo, leading BABC to a victory in pool play at the Fab 48.

There’s hardly anything uncertain about Bruce Brown at this point, at least in terms of how he competes. The 6-3 shooting guard brings vigorous determination to the court each time out, and he pieced together a memorable performance versus Diallo and the New York Jayhawks.

Offensively, Brown was somewhat inconsistent at the recent Peach Jam, but he has been on point on both occasions I’ve observed him here in Vegas. He’s clearly at his best in the open floor, utilizing his broad shoulders and excellent speed to attack the basket. And while some athletes possess the ability to create collisions but lack the desire, Brown excels at drawing fouls and generating and-one opportunities.

He tends to play better when he can focus on scoring, rebounding and defense, rather than serving as the team’s primary ballhandler and playmaker. He may be slightly small for the NBA wing, but for college we regard him as an off-guard and he should develop into an excellent performer in that capacity.

About college. Brown said on Friday that nothing new has transpired over the past couple weeks, and at this moment Indiana, Michigan, SMU, UMass, Texas and others all appear to be realistic visit destinations this fall.

”I’m going to cut my list down soon, after this live period,” Brown said.

Brown ranks No. 43 in the rising senior class and has performed to an even higher standard than that so far this week in Vegas.

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